burning bush

photographed 11/27/19


At nesting time, the burning bush is full of activity.
Nearly every year, cat birds nest there.
The gray birds have some of the nastiest cat calls,
and the longest and prettiest songs, you’ll hear.
Humming birds dive bomb battle outside the shrub, staking their claim
for the right to perch on a branch there. And all the birds use it
as the official feather fluffing spot after a bath. When it comes to fluffing off,
there seems to be a widely accepted practical agreement about the need to share.

But soon,
soon the branches will be bare, and a berth for the hardy ones,
the ones that hunker down and winter over. Cardinals, blue jays, sparrows.
They’ll hang out there on the leafless branches and shiver their way
through the biting cold, and the wind, and the snow, this winter.

And so goes the burning bush.

c & i

autumn colors

photographed 11/11/19



Each day now I’m afraid it’s the last day for beautiful colors,
so I had to get in a walk this afternoon.

the fence

photographed 10/24/19

The fence at the entrance to one of my favorite walking trails.
It’s seen a few winters…probably fifty or more.
Love the moss-covered, splintery texture.
The notch that holds the plank.
A hodge podge of this year’s leaves already sheltering down there.



c & i

still green

photographed 10/24/19


Some trees seem to cling to their green as long as they can.
Most have already changed color, though,
and a few have already dropped their leaves.
It all reminds me there will be a lot of leaves to pick up
between now and the end of November.
Not a fun prospect.

c & i